I don’t think I’ve ever really raised a political issue here, but here is one that hits close to home: The Associated Press reports that the Senate Finance Committee as part of the “Soda Tax Bill” we’ve been hearing about is also considering increasing taxes on beer, wine and hard liquor. Things are still preliminary but the AP is saying that the documents committee members were given call for the Federal tax on beer to go from 33 cents to 48 cents a six-pack, a 145 percent increase. Wine will go from 21 cents a bottle to 49 cents a bottle, a 233 percent increase and hard liquor, from $2.14 per fifth to $2.54 per fifth, a 19 percent increase.
Things are still early in the legislative process, but now its my ox getting gored. Let’s hope the liquor industry lobbyists can do their thing.